Past Meetup

Panel of Data Science Industry Leaders ~ Featuring Exclusively Female Panelists

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• What we'll do
The expert panel will share their different perspectives on what it takes to to build a successful career in data science—including different applications by industry, including academia and government. On International Women's Day, Data Science ATL is excited to be partnering with Women in Data Science (WiDS) Atlanta, a local initiative behind the international movement and organization, WiDS. We are proud to be hosting one of 100+ worldwide events to celebrate, inspire and educate data scientists, regardless of gender, and support women in the field.


*Heather Gibbs-Poe, Partner & Service Area Executive, IBM*

Heather Gibbs-Poe is a Partner and client-facing Executive in IBM’s Public Sector Interactive Experience and Cognitive Business Transformation Service line. She has over 25 years of technology leadership experience, including 18 years in consulting, business development, and executive program management with State, Local Government and Education clients. She is a recognized expert in leading the development of innovative integrated solutions that leverage IBM’s broad portfolio of capabilities. Heather is a certified project manager, and holds a BSc and MSc in Engineering, and an MBA (specialization Information Systems).

*Amanda Hand, Founding Member and Senior Manager, Data Science, Aspirent*

Amanda Hand has over 9 years of analytics consulting experience serving as a trusted advisor to clients, and solving complex business challenges by turning data into information. She leads solutions from project definition to execution and delivery, providing thought leadership and data-driven recommendations to senior management and executives in marketing and business operation. Her expertise is in leveraging data mining, predictive modeling, segmentation, and other statistical methods to drive efficiencies in: explaining and reducing customer churn, customer acquisition, identifying valuable business segments, influencing social brand conversation, guided analytics and reporting, root-cause analysis, and more.
She holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Statistics from the University of Georgia.

*Sherry Ni, Associate Professor in Statistics, Program Director, Master of Science in Applied Statistics, Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences, KSU*

Xuelei (Sherry) Ni received a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Operational Research from Nanjing University, China, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Ni has long experience in Data Science. Before joining the KSU faculty in 2006, Dr. Ni has served as Statistical Project Manager in Choice Point Inc., now LexisNexis Risk Solutions, designing and developing predictive and descriptive statistical based solutions to a wide range of direct marketing problems. At KSU, she designed and taught the Statistical Data Mining courses for both undergraduate and graduate programs. *Jo Williams-Newkirk, Co-lead, Culture Independent and Metagenomic Subtyping Group, Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch, CDC (contractor)*

Jo Williams-Newkirk is molecular biologist and bioinformatician at the CDC, where she has worked as a fellow and a contractor since 2009. She holds a BA and a MS in Biology from Bryn Mawr College and The University of Southern Mississippi, respectively, and completed her PhD in Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution at Emory University in 2015. In her current role, she coordinates several projects related to improving bacterial disease fingerprinting for foodborne outbreak detection that bring together molecular biology lab techniques and high throughput analysis of bacterial genomic data.

We invite everyone to join us for an evening of conversation, connection, networking and awareness raising. Schedule:

6:30 Networking

7:00 Female Panel Begins

8:00 Q&A Session

8:30 Event Concludes

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• Important to know
All genders are invited to participate in the conference, which features exclusively female speakers.